OSU senior Ben Sundberg has mastered the art of balancing multiple commitments at once.
In addition to his double major studies in Civil Engineering and Wood Science in the CECOP program, Ben is a member of the Honors College, as well as the OSU PCI Big Beam team, and holds titles like the 2012 OSU ASCE Executive Chair, Steel Bridge Design Lead, and the 2013 ASCE PNW Student Conference Chairman.
“I am the executive chair in ASCE. Within this role I coordinate all the projects which the chapter takes on. These include the Bridges and Beyond outreach program and other community service projects. I am also the Chairman for the 2013 ASCE PNW Student Conference which will be hosted at OSU next year. This means that I am in charge of organizing and running the conference at which 350 students from 19 universities will come to participate in the steel bridge competition, concrete canoe competition, and other activities.”
How does he do it all?
“I’ve slept eight hours in the last seven days,” Sundberg says. but he doesn’t plan on stopping here. Ben has huge plans for his future. After graduating from OSU, he plans to move on and earn six more degrees.
“I am planning an M.S. in Materials and Engineering, an M.S. or M.Eng. in Structural Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration, and an M.Arch., Masters of Architecture. I will also pursue a Ph.D in Structural Engineering.” He is currently looking at MIT, Cornell, and Lehigh as his top three choices for graduate school.
Ben was born in Corvallis, grew up in Reedsport, and went to middle school and high school in Eugene before coming to OSU.
Last summer, Ben worked as a Civil Engineering Intern at CH2M HILL in Corvallis for 6 months. Starting this summer he’ll be working for David Evans and Associates as a Bridge Engineering Intern.
Ben’s ultimate goal is to be a structural engineer and own his own firm.
His advice to potential students is to “Dive into anything and everything you can as early as you can.”